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Running Water Sweeps Away Motorcyclist, Livestock in Kotido

On the same evening, Hilary Lopeyok, the assistant inspector of schools in Kaabong district survived narrowly, when the speeding Longiro river almost overpowered his car. Lopeyok, who was travelling to Kotido for an official duty with four others struggled for more than one hour before the rescue team helped them out. The river has cut off the road to Kaabong from Kotido for close to a month.

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One motorcyclist and more than 50 animals have been washed away by running water in Kotido district.  This happened in three separate incidences preceded by a heavy downpour on Thursday evening.    

The motorcyclist was identified as John Lodou, 28, said to be from Lobale village, Orom Sub County, Kitgum district in Northern Uganda. By the time of filing the story, his motorcycle had been recovered by community members.    

On the same evening, Hilary Lopeyok, the assistant inspector of schools in Kaabong district survived narrowly, when the speeding Longiro river almost overpowered his car. Lopeyok, who was travelling to Kotido for an official duty with four others struggled for more than one hour before the rescue team helped them out. The river has cut off the road to Kaabong from Kotido for close to a month.    

At Kanamuge River in Kacheri Sub County, at least 50 sheep and goats were swept away after a heavy downpour early yesterday. The livestock belongs to Longoli Apalongor, a resident of Kogole East. 

Kacheri LCIII Chairperson Jacob Akudo says that the heavy downpour in Kaabong and Kotido districts increased water levels in the river, resulting into the overflow. 

Akudo added that another family of three survived to drown in the same river on Wednesday morning when they attempted to cross from one side of the river, which runs through the two districts. The family comprising a couple and a child had to cling on a tree to save their lives. 

//Cue in; “Because... the river…  

Cue out…rescued themselves”// 

Karamoja has seasonal rivers that tend to flood during rains. The flowing rivers are now a death trap.